Port Augusta’s ‘super’ flies put to use
Posted on Thursday, 5 April, 2018
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
fruit flies from the breeding facility at Port Augusta were dropped from the
sky over Adelaide today to assist in the $45 million fight against fruit fly.
The National Sterile Insect Technology
(SIT) Facility which was officially opened at Port Augusta in late 2016, for
the first time today provided millions of “attractive” sterile fruit flies.
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the
facility is something the community of Port Augusta should be proud of as it is
providing local jobs while taking on the very important role of protecting
Australia’s horticulture industry.
Mr Ramsey said the sterile fruit flies
had been raised to be more attractive to the wild population to improve the
“These flies have great endurance,
fitness, agility and looks that are irresistible to wild flies looking to
breed,” Mr Ramsey said.
“By introducing large numbers of these
very attractive flies it increases the likelihood of stopping wild flies from
breeding, and instead they become more attracted to the sterile flies.”
Mr Ramsey said the creation of the
nation’s state-of-the-art production facility at Port Augusta and the first
release of the sterile fruit flies taking place today is a great achievement
for all involved.
Contact: Kendall Jackson (08)8633